The BFG in Pictures features 40 reproductions for Roald Dahl’s much-loved story The BFG including illustrations not used when the book was first published in 1982. First exhibited at House of Illustration in 2016, The BFG in Pictures begins the 2021 leg of its tour at Turner House Gallery, before visiting numerous other sites across the UK.
The exhibition charts the development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature and offers a glimpse of a BFG that might have been. These are exhibited alongside reproductions of the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator.
Quentin Blake says: “Roald Dahl and I were brought together by our publisher in the 1970s. Roald was an extraordinarily interesting person and a man of action, which is why he was so good at telling stories. He liked to tell stories about things happening, rather than about what people are (were?) thinking or feeling, which was wonderful for me to draw. Roald’s The BFG was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1982 in a hardback edition for which I did black-and-white illustrations and a design in colour for the cover. Since then the BFG and Sophie have appeared in a variety of books and situations. For this exhibition I have selected images from different versions of the BFG, starting with my first illustrations which remained unpublished for thirty years.”
Where to see it:
Turner House Gallery: 7 – 28 May 2021
Babylon Gallery, Ely: 23 November – 23 December 2021
St Alban's Cathedral: 29 December 2021 – 31 January 2022
Mossley Mill, Co Antrim: 3 – 27 February 2022
Gala Gallery, Durham: 16 April – 25 June 2022
Grosvenor Museum, Chester: 11 July – 4 October 2022
Knole House, Sevenoaks: 13 October – 23 December 2022
North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin: 14 February – 2 May 2023
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery: 24 June – 3 September 2023